GILFORD — Students in the construction program at the Huot Center have been working on a project to replace worn deck boards at Bolduc Park, a project which provides them with the real-world kind of challenges which help them hone their construction skills.
Instructor Matt Towle, now in his fourth year at the Huot Center, says that it's the kind of project that he wishes he had more of for the 12 students in his Building Construction II course.
''We did another deck just down the road from here,'' says Towle, who says other projects the students have worked on this year include lockers for the Gunstock Ski Club, a chicken coop and a 12 by 20 shed.
He says that Bob Bolduc approached him about the project as an opportunity for his students to help the non-profit park, which provides golf during the summer months and cross-country skiing in the winter.
Towle says that the deck boards and steps are being replaced with a composite board which is stronger and lasts longer than wood. The boards stand up to ultraviolet light and moisture and will easily outlast the existing wooden deck frame, says Towle.
Colin Horton of Laconia, one of the students, says that he's learning a lot in the construction course and will be putting it to good use after he graduates.
''My dad's in construction and I'll be working with him,'' says Horton.
Also planning on a future in the construction field is Christopher Spooner-Bishop of Belmont, who intends to go to college and major in construction management.
''This is a great course and we learn lots of things we'll be able to use, whether in it's the construction field or as a homeowner,'' he says.
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